boneOsteoporosis is characterized by weakening bones, resulting in more than 8.9 million global fractures per year – a fracture rate of one every 3 seconds. Approximately 75 million people in Europe, USA and Japan are diagnosed with this preventable condition. The truth is osteoporosis is avoidable without drugs or expensive treatments by bringing the body chemistry back into balance.
Bone is made up of 1/3 collagen protein, 1/3 water and 1/3 minerals. If complete protein sources are not regularly consumed, the body will turn to protein reserves from organs and tissue storage sites to maintain amino acid dependant biochemical processes. Protein consumption, digestion and assimilation require optimal functioning of the stomach, pancreas, spleen, small intestine and kidneys.
The human body strives to preserve homeostasis. For example, the lungs and kidneys maintain a balanced blood pH (acid/alkaline). If trace and macro mineral intake is insufficient, the blood will draw these minerals from other tissues and organs, leaving them mineral deficient and adversely affecting homeostasis.
Heavy metals are also known to displace minerals from bones. Since the body sequesters toxins, when it is unable to eliminate them, these heavy metals are stored in the bone and take the place of bone rebuilding minerals. The removal of heavy metals from the body is regulated by the parotids, liver, kidneys, lymph, lungs and colon.
Water is an important substance that provides life within the bone and throughout most of our body. Bone marrow is vital for the production of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets – also important to homeostasis. If the immune system is suppressed or undernourished, the bone will weaken from the inside out.
The endocrine system (located throughout the body) secretes hormones into the blood and helps regulate body chemistry. Hormones such as cortisol can be catabolic and break down the protein matrix within our bones. To prevent or reverse bone loss, it is important to nourish the adrenals, pancreas, thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary and gonads.
Bone health is primarily regulated by the autonomic nervous system, stomach, pancreas, spleen, lungs, kidneys, small and large intestines. If you have bone health challenges, investigate which of those organs require nutritional support.